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Fellowship: Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
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Ava Bosco

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science, History
Hometown: Kittanning, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to do the work that I love, which is encouraging people to run for office and then supporting them throughout that journey. On a weekly basis I get to check in with my candidates and help them set up benchmarks and goals in addition to working on various projects with them or simply offering advice. My favorite part about these experiences is getting to learn someone's 'why' - their reason for running for office - which is incredibly enlightening and inspiring for me.

This fellowship has given me insight into which facets of campaigning I like the most, helping me narrow in on the field I'm interested in

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience has given me a newfound appreciation for my college experience. My path is a bit different from most because I opted to defer for the fall semester, meaning I had a long term fellowship with the same organization from June-December. This has given me a taste of post-graduate life, which has its own benefits and drawbacks like the college experience. As a fellow, I've learned a great deal about working, teaching, and leading in a group environment and communicating properly with high level professionals. One of my greatest takeaways, though not necessarily academic-related, is learning to pay more attention to details and listen more intently. In this way, I was able to predict or determine the needs of my boss, my fellow co-workers, and the office in general.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This has impacted my career goals drastically because I have been offered a full time position come May 2020 after I graduate. Aside from the job offer, this fellowship has given me insight into which facets of campaigning I like the most, helping me narrow in on the field I'm interested in. Overall, the connections I have been able to make through the various networking events and meetings have proven to be invaluable and have changed the course of my career in ways I could have never imagined. The opportunity to be mentored by the Executive Director of the SDCC not only enhanced my experience, but also expanded my own career goals and my perspective on what I believe that I am capable of achieving.

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